Formerly pro-life Crist: Hey, I never told a woman what to do with her body!

posted at 8:01 am on April 22, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

A great catch from our friend Jim Geraghty in a race we haven’t covered much — the reincarnation attempt of Charlie Crist in Florida. Back in the day, when Crist was Republican, he was the ne plus ultra Republican, including on abortion. Now a Democratic candidate for governor, suddenly he’s the consummate “war on wimmenses” Democrat. In this interview, Crist tells an incredulous interviewer that even though he once insisted that he would sign a law outlawing abortion, he never, never, nevah told a woman what she could or could not do with her body.

Behold, the clearest demonstration of shamelessness:

Jim tallies up the actual score:

There are a lot of Florida Democrats who will probably tell you they care about abortion – er, “abortion rights” or “reproductive rights.” The vast majority of them will, this fall, vote for a manwho, during his 2006 race for governor, told a priest in Pensacola that he would sign a bill outlawing abortions except when the mother’s life was at stake. But then he told an AP reporter that he would only sign such a bill if it included exceptions for rape and incest. Also during that race, Charlie Crist attacked his GOP rival for being pro-choice. And as recently as January 2010, “Crist’s Republican U.S. Senate campaign released a statement saying he would ‘fight for pro-life legislative efforts.’”

Jim predicts that Democrats will applaud with one hand in the race anyway, with the other holding their nose. I’m not quite so sure about that. They would have done so, had Crist gone on television to admit to his previous record and claim that he’d evolved, or even seen the light, as grotesque as that metaphor would be in these circumstances. Shamelessly lying to this extent won’t turn committed Democrats into Republicans, but it’s not going to motivate many outside the core base to turn out for such an obvious political hack. Combine this with the significant GOP trend in the midterm race, and I’m not so sure that Florida Democrats will be happy to see Crist at the top of their ticket in November.


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Pathetic and lame.
Come on Florida. Do the right thing!

22044 on April 22, 2014 at 8:04 AM

What a maroon

cmsinaz on April 22, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Hey, I never told a woman what to do with her body!

So suicide, prostitution, & drug abuse should all be legal & never discouraged, according to Crist Chameleon.

itsnotaboutme on April 22, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Crist: I was a phony, before I wasn’t.

Rovin on April 22, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Wow! Orange and a liar! What more could the Dems possibly want heading up their ticket? In reality he really just gives the standard Dem lies about where they stand on the issue of killing off one’s children. Not one Democrat will say they support abortion. They all claim to value life. They are all liars.

During the interview the fact came up that Crist once proclaimed himself to be pro-gun. I wonder how the creamsicle Democrat feels about guns now; especially with all those racist black votes to capture by donning a hoodie and going out promising “Justice for Trayvon.”

Happy Nomad on April 22, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Ye shall know them by their fruits.

Charlie’s are all rotted and infested with maggots.

AZCoyote on April 22, 2014 at 8:10 AM

it’s not going to motivate many outside the core base to turn out for such an obvious political hack.

Governor Ken Cuccinelli disagrees.

CDeb on April 22, 2014 at 8:11 AM

And as recently as January 2010, “Crist’s Republican U.S. Senate campaign released a statement saying he would ‘fight for pro-life legislative efforts.’”

Boy! Crist really must have been conflicted before he came out of the closet and admitted he wasn’t a Republican. Or he is just the slimy opportunist that will “stand” for whatever the hell will get him the most voters.

Happy Nomad on April 22, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Somewhere in hell, Arlen Specter is smiling.

Red Widow on April 22, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Another liar lying.

forest on April 22, 2014 at 8:13 AM

“Orange” you surprised that he’s evolving?

What?

bigmacdaddy on April 22, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Governor Ken Cuccinelli disagrees.

CDeb on April 22, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Well, the problem with VA politics these days is the number of stupid rabid shrill partisan whores who only care about the politics of their private parts. And the VA GOP has done an awful job in refuting the utterly absurd claims about Republicans wanting to ban all abortions.

Happy Nomad on April 22, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Somewhere in hell, Arlen Specter is smiling.

Red Widow on April 22, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Hey, at least Arlen Specter was honest about it. I’m switching parties because the Republicans are not going to re-elect me. Crist just revises history and pretends that he didn’t say what he said.

Happy Nomad on April 22, 2014 at 8:23 AM

After the past six years, I really don’t even blame Charlie for doing this — he’s seen that if you have a ‘D’ next to your name, it’s perfectly OK to be shameless, because a majority of the big media has become shameless in allowing Democratic politicians to get away with obvious, bold-face lies, as long as their positions are correct on certain key issues, including and especially, abortion,

Why not lie, if you’re lying into a position the big media favors? The only way Crist doesn’t get a pass on this (at least on the national level) is if there’s another Democratic candidate the same media people feel will be more reliable to carry out there preferred agenda.

jon1979 on April 22, 2014 at 8:24 AM

The Democrats will take care of Crist the same way they handled Arlen Specter — Welcome the Judas into their midst and then cut him off at the knees, but first they’ll see if he can serve them.

rhombus on April 22, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Hey, at least Crist officially switched parties before pushing his NEW party’s platform – unlike Rubio, who claims to be a Republican, but who pushes AMNESTY and OPEN BORDERS. It’s pretty sad when a radical liberal democrat like Crist is more honest than a supposed Republican “progressive” like Rubio.

Pork-Chop on April 22, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Formerly pro-life Crist: Hey, I never told a woman what to do with her body!

“her body”…

Abortion is not about “her body”, it’s about destroying the body of her unborn child.

Every cell in the mother’s body has the mother’s DNA.
Every cell in the baby’s body has the baby’s DNA, which is UNIQUE FROM IT’S MOTHER’S DNA.

Abortion is not about removing cells with the Mother’s DNA from the mother’s body.

Abortion is about forcibly removing cells with the baby’s DNA from the mother’s body.

It is not “her body” that an abortion removes from her womb. It is her baby’s body that an abortion removes from her womb.

The Declaration of Independence declares that Life itself is an unalienable Right, endowed by our Creator. No person has a right to terminate the life of an innocent human being.

Even in cases of rape and/or incest.

Let the baby live to birth, and then if you don’t want to raise that child, put it up for adoption. There are hundreds of thousands of prospective adoptive parents who would love and raise that child. Don’t give an innocent baby the death penalty for the crimes committed by its biological father.

ITguy on April 22, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Somewhere in hell, Arlen Specter is smiling.

Red Widow on April 22, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Thread winner on the ninth post. Well done.

cheers

eon

eon on April 22, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Every cell in the baby’s body has the baby’s DNA, which is UNIQUE FROM IT’S ITS MOTHER’S DNA.

ITguy on April 22, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Liar liar skirt on fire .

Lucano on April 22, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Send him a pair of Flip Flops.

ninjacoastie on April 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Jim predicts that Democrats will applaud with one hand in the race anyway,

And what is the sound of one hand clapping? Charlie Crist’s convictions.

rbj on April 22, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Speaking of liars:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said “splurging is the key to life” if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries.

Clearly Mooch’s guilty pleasure is spending millions of taxpayer dollars on vacations, parties, and concerts.

Happy Nomad on April 22, 2014 at 8:33 AM

And what is the sound of one hand clapping? Charlie Crist’s convictions.

rbj on April 22, 2014 at 8:32 AM

I think I’ll just skip the one hand clapping and go with the single finger salute.

Happy Nomad on April 22, 2014 at 8:35 AM

The scary part? I honestly think he believes what he is saying.

I get someone lying to cover their tracks, but much more worrisome is someone who honestly believes and convinces himself that he didn’t shift positions, it was us who misunderstood him…

Those kind of guys are much more dangerous…psychopathic.

right2bright on April 22, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Once you sell out the lives of children for political gain, the rest comes easy.

WannabeAnglican on April 22, 2014 at 8:36 AM

They would have done so, had Crist gone on television to admit to his previous record and claim that he’d evolved, or even seen the light

His changing stance on abortion was more big bang than evolving.

HonestLib on April 22, 2014 at 8:39 AM

jon1979 on April 22, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Sad but true. The Democrat party cares about nothing more than winning elections and pushing their agenda. It doesn’t matter if you tell the truth as long as you trounce your opponent and keep the D’s in power.

Disgusting.

Mark Boabaca on April 22, 2014 at 8:45 AM

What the *bleep* was I ever thinking? Epic shamelessness.

JetBoy on April 22, 2014 at 8:46 AM

They would have done so, had Crist gone on television to admit to his previous record and claim that he’d evolved, or even seen the light, as grotesque as that metaphor would be in these circumstances.

Uh, we’re talking Dem voters in Floriduh here, Ed. I think you are giving them waaay too much credit.

rcpjr on April 22, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Reminds me of Algore…as a Senator he was pro-gun, pro-life…once he was VP and then later running for POTUS, he was not…and the press never called him on it.

ladyingray on April 22, 2014 at 8:58 AM

He can lie with a straight face. I guess he’s met the minimum qualifications to be a Democrat.

John Deaux on April 22, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Rubio, Ayotte and many other Republicans shamelessly lied about their view on illegal immigration, but let’s face it, lying is ok if the end result aligns with your own policy views. You didn’t see any HA bloggers hammer any of the Republican liars. Crist is a slime ball, but no worse than quite a few Republicans.

Wigglesworth on April 22, 2014 at 9:07 AM

What the *bleep* was I ever thinking? Epic shamelessness.

JetBoy on April 22, 2014 at 8:46 AM

What are you whining about?

It ain’t like you’re onna Del’s howler monkeys defending obama at this point.

Lanceman on April 22, 2014 at 9:10 AM

JetBoy on April 22, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Don’t beat yourself up anymore . We forgot the
hat thing a long , long time ago . ; )

Lucano on April 22, 2014 at 9:12 AM

So the Democrats who used to scream about the government and sex now has by law and regulation brought them into it with contraception, required medical questions, and special victim status. They are now in every bedroom in America with a checklist and scorecard. They also used to yell their favorite slogan at Proabortion rallies…. Keep your laws off my body… Has implemented obamacare which will ultimately dictate to every American… Not just women every thing you can put into or do with your body and what if any treatment you may or may not be allowed to have. Any democrats out there willing to admit what hypocrites to the core you are….???…anyone?!?

Caseoftheblues on April 22, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Crist is as shameless and gutless as a politician can get. That said, the voters in in around Ft. Lauderdale/Miami and the I-4 corridor will vote for this orange-glo clown simply because he has a “D” after his name. These low-info voters don’t care that Gov. Rick Scott has led our state towards the top in economic growth all while holding the line on taxes. Useful friggin’ idiots. Our only hope is that they won’t show up in large numbers in an off-year election.

Common Sense Floridian on April 22, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Crist as a Dhimmicrap. Perfect.

vnvet on April 22, 2014 at 9:24 AM

What a needy person he is. What’s the matter, Charlie, you can’t find a job as a lobbyist.

Kissmygrits on April 22, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Kissmygrits on April 22, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Oh he has a job . He works for …….
Slip and Fall Call Morgan Law .

Lucano on April 22, 2014 at 10:04 AM

It’s open season on truth. Obama being elected and then reelected has confirmed that. It is so brazen now that even if you get an honest reporter, as this one seems to be, he would have to know all the details of the interviewee’s record, and he would have to be willing to say the equivalent of “you’re lying”.

And therein lies the problem. Because you virtually never will get a reporter willing to do that, the lies go out unchallenged and accepted among an ignorant, distracted electorate. The Dems know this and use it to their advantage, to the nation’s demise.

If the media had a modicum of integrity, they wouldn’t begin to get away with it. But for the Dems – and the nation – obama has sealed the deal.

paul1149 on April 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Reposting link to my all-time favorite Charlie Crist thread:

But (butt?) first, the photo that accompanied the thread.

Here’s the thread link, and comments:

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/06/16/dems-set-to-back-crist-in-florida/

My favorite comment was ‘sheikh of thornton‘ at 2:46 PM

listens2glenn on April 22, 2014 at 10:21 AM

This is all well and good, but Tan Man has one thing going for him: he isn’t Rick Scott. Pretty much from the day Scott was sworn in his polls have been horrible. Charlie has been leading in most polls, there’s no real Dem challenger, and I’m afraid Scott isn’t up to the fight.

I met met Crist once, many years ago, and even then I thought this guy just has this unnatural compulsion to run for office. Any office. He’d run for dog catcher if he thought it would serve him. So Crist The Spineless transforms himself from “Chain Gang Charlie” to “pro-life means pro-choice” in order to run for yet another office, and he’s about to get his second term in Tallahassee. How I hope I’m wrong, but sadly Scott doesn’t inspire much confidence.

KKinFLA on April 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Rick Scott, your campaign slogan should simply be “Really???”…

JohnGalt23 on April 22, 2014 at 10:39 AM

What the *bleep* was I ever thinking? Epic shamelessness.

JetBoy on April 22, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Poor JetBoy.

Jaibones on April 22, 2014 at 1:01 PM

…he doesn’t have a tan………it’s dirt!

KOOLAID2 on April 22, 2014 at 8:43 PM

A little fact- and spine-checking for Crist:

The nation that doesn’t tell a woman she may not screw any random stranger for folding money will have an epidemic of diseases and put women wanting commitment in a situation where they have to convince a guy to buy the cow when he can get free or nearly-free milk in any of six different pastures.

The nation that doesn’t tell unwed minor girls that they are not fit to raise an illegitimate child (the statistics on this matter are brutal) will have generations of welfare-voters, are easy marks for the first snake to promise them more tax money.

The nation that refuses to allow women to get at-will, medically-unnecessary abortions will face a demographic crunch at home and internationally as nations that DO start outnumbering them to the point of real danger.

The nation that doesn’t hold women in combat to the same standards will have a military of weaklings.

The nation that doesn’t at least gently encourage women to marry and start families before their own childhood toys are in stores as antiques will end up with embittered hags who wasted their youths.

LawfulGood on April 24, 2014 at 2:30 PM